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Documentary series like The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz and The Vietnam War have led PBS to market him as “America’s storyteller,” as if there were only room for one.

“Ken Burns is a reliable moneymaker for PBS, but that doesn’t mean other filmmakers could not be.

Fund seasoned BIPOC filmmakers at the same level that PBS has supported Ken Burns for the past 40 years.

Limiting Black, indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American content to token one-offs and heritage months sustains the myth that our stories are something other than part of the American experience.

She also produced and directed the Peabody Award–winning documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which debuted on POV in 2014.

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